McNair Out as Coach

A central figure in the Reggie Bush case, McNair's contract was allowed to expire Wednesday.

Todd McNair, the running backs coach at the heart of the NCAA investigation into former Trojan star Reggie Bush and resulting sanctions, will not be on staff this season after his contract was allowed to expire.

"Todd McNair's contract with USC expired on June 30, 2010," the university said in a statement. "USC's appeal of the NCAA's ruling includes an appeal of the findings and sanctions related to Mr. McNair. USC has no additional comments at this time."

McNair had been with USC since 2004, coaching the likes of Bush, LenDale White, Stafon Johnson and Joe McKnight. He was also a key recruiter under former head coach Pete Carroll, helping bring the likes of All-American linebacker Brian Cushing to Los Angeles.

But it was his role in the Bush case that drew national attention. The NCAA alleged that McNair knew about Bush's relationship with two would-be sports marketers, did not alert anyone and later lied to investigators.

That was at the heart of the lack of institutional control findings against the Trojans, resulting in a two-year bowl ban and loss of 30 scholarships. McNair was also prohibited from recruiting activities for one year.

USC coach Lane Kiffin refused to comment on McNair's status when those penalties were handed down, instead referring all questions to McNair's attorney.

A lawsuit against the NCAA could be McNair's next step, taking a page from former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian.

Wide receivers coach John Morton is the lone holdover from last season's staff, though Kiffin and Ed Orgeron have previous stints at USC.

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